This Thursday, August 14, from 7-8:30pm neighborhood plan contact teams from around the city will meet with demographer Ryan Robinson and representatives from the Capital Planning Office to share information on how the transition to 10-1 representation might impact the capital budgeting and neighborhood plan implementation processes. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, Room 325.
According to the American-Statesman, “The [Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission] carried out a plan that Austin voters approved [in fall of 2012] to change the City Council from seven members who each represent the whole city to 10 district representatives and a citywide mayor. A districts-based system has the potential to transform city politics, giving outlying neighborhoods more clout at City Hall, where business groups and central-city neighborhoods have traditionally had the most sway.” The first city election using the new districts will be this November.
Home to almost 80,000 people, district 4 is centered on the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhoods. It was drawn as a “hispanic opportunity district” required by the federal Voting Rights Act, with 65% of the residents identifying themselves as hispanic, along with 13% asian and african-american.
PowerPoint of demographic, socioeconomic and political characteristics of all Council Districts, prepared by city demographer Ryan Robinson